Recharge your energy with these relaxing sites

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 21, 2013
Music and Video

It is usually not very pleasant to go to work after a tough night. Maybe you could not find any sleep, partied all night long, or had a heated argument with your spouse that seemed to drag on forever. What is clear is that you are tired which in turn means that work will suffer. But not only work, you too have a hard time and the first thing that you plan on doing after work is to go to bed and get some rest.

When I'm really tired, I usually use a mixture of lots of coffee and a couple of relaxing mini-breaks that help me get through the day. While not as good as getting an hour of sleep or so, they refresh my energy quite well even if I spend only two or so minutes on that break.

All you need for that is a computer with an Internet connection, and preferable headphones as several use audio to help you relax and recharge energies.

I like to close my eyes during the break but if you do not want to do that, or cannot because others would stare at you, you may find the pictures and photos many of the sites display to you comforting as well.

Relaxing Websites

90 seconds

90 seconds of relaxation. Piano music plays in the background while positive messages are displayed to you during that time (you have 0 notifications to read). You do not have to read though, closing your eyes and listening to the music may be enough to calm yourself and refresh your batteries.


The website provides you with access to different themes. Listen to rain, enjoy animal sounds in the countryside, a flowing river or waves on the beach.

You can either listen to the sounds for as long as you like, or select to take a 2, 10 or 20 minute break. I suggest you do not click on the time as you will hear a women's voice which you may find too distracting.

Do nothing for 2 minutes

do nothing for 2 minutes

Two minutes is all it takes here. Listen to the sound of waves, close your eyes or look at the ocean picture instead. The site counts down from 2 minutes to zero, and will display a fail message when you move the mouse or keyboard in that time.

Get Relaxed

I have to admit that I'm not particularly fond of the sounds that Get Relaxed offers as I find them too distracting. While that is true for me, your perception may differ so give this one a try.

Mood Turn

It may not be the prettiest site out there but it does offer a great selection of themes that you can select one from. From dolphins and birds to swamp, night and bonfire sounds and associated background pictures.

Musical Relaxation

Offers free and paid relaxation tapes that you can download after registration. All sounds are offered as mp3 files which means that you do need access to a media player that can play that format to make use of the site at all.

Rain for me

rain for me

Rain seems to have a relaxing effect on a lot of people. This site basically lets you listen to rain for as long as you want to. The only options you have is to increase or decrease the volume of sound.

Relaxing Music Sound Mixer

This sound mixer provides you with the tools to create your own ambient sound mix. Just select one to five different samples that you would like your mix to consist of, e.g. rain, birds, thunder or flutes, select how loud you want them to be, and start to listen to them.


I stumbled upon all sorts of sleep sound videos or relaxation videos on YouTube a couple of years ago. The site offers hundreds, if not thousands, of videos that play for hours non stop.

The easiest way to find them is to use terms such as "sleep sounds", "rain sounds" or "white noise". Here is a quick selection of links to get you started:

  1. 8-hours of rain sounds
  2. 8-hours of thunderstorm sound
  3. 8-hours train sound
  4. 8-hours of waves
  5. 10-hours of white noise sound

Closing Words

Have anything to add? If your favorite site is not mentioned here let me know in the comments.


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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